Alamance County’s veteran outreach organization, ALCOVETS, will be holding a ground-breaking ceremony for its Chestnut Ridge Campus on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at 1765 Fire Tower Road in Snow Camp.
The campus, described by ALCOVETS leader Colonel Bobby Chin as a short-term veterans retreat facility atop Bass Mountain, is planned to be built out in phases as funding allows.
The first phase is a chapel surrounded by six park model homes. The homes will be temporarily available to veterans who are experiencing flashbacks or post-traumatic stress disorder, and counselors will be on hand to deliver support.
The estimated completion date is dependent on funding, Chin said, with ALCOVETS seeking donations and grant funding. For the first phase alone, he estimated that the organization would require about $750,000. What the group didn’t have to seek funds for was the land, which was given by recently-deceased veteran Artie Benjamin Chestnut III.
Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than today and to wear outdoor attire and boots.